Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Native americans bless "The Harvest"

Danny Mannin of the Chickasaw Choctow tribe, center, Izzy Ramirez of the Arizona Pascua Yaqui tribe, left, and Jacob Galvan of the Apache tribe, right, burn sage to bless and cleanse "The Harvest" statue that was unveiled Thursday at Mae Simmons Park. The statue was was created by Eddie Dixon and Kyle Pettit.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008. (Geoffrey McAllister/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

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Turn the clock back more than a century, Eddie Dixon said, and you might hear drums beating near a stream in Yellow House Canyon.

The Lubbock sculptor said his mind began drifting back Wednesday, as musicians played the songs of American Indians atop a dusty hill in Mae Simmons Park near Dixon's latest contribution to public art.

"Maybe 100, 120 years ago, you could hear that very sound echoing across the hills of this canyon," he said.

Maybe. But on a day in March 1877, you most assuredly would have heard gunfire between warring Comanche Indians and buffalo hunters in one of the last skirmishes on the South Plains. The two sides battled among Comanche camps in the canyon, which today is filled with water and part of the Canyon Lake System.(Continue reading the related article: Sculpture honors American Indians' contributions to Lubbock)